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Signs of arthritis

Does my dog have arthritis?

It may be hard to tell. The signs of arthritis may be subtle, and dogs can be good at hiding their pain. If you notice any of the following changes in your dog, talk to your veterinarian to discuss whether arthritis could be the cause:

  • Difficulty climbing stairs, walking, running, or jumping
  • Reluctance to play
  • Lameness, limping, or moving with an altered gait
  • Stiffness or slowness in rising from a resting position
  • Soreness upon being touched
  • Frequent yelping or whimpering or lack of vocalization
  • Excessive licking of a joint or leg
  • Behavioral changes such as withdrawal or aggression
  • Change in normal eating habits

It's emotionally challenging to see your dog in pain due to arthritis. However, it's important for you to recognize the signs and alert your veterinarian so a diagnosis can be made and proper care can be started. Fortunately, early treatment of pain and inflammation can allow your dog to remain comfortable longer.